- Gebundene Ausgabe: 204 Seiten
- Verlag: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill; Auflage: New. (5. Januar 1997)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1565121635
- ISBN-13: 978-1565121638
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 13,4 x 1,9 x 18,5 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 3 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 2.109.761 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
My Life as a Boy: A Woman's Story (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 5. Januar 1997
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Although touted as a reflection on gender and sex roles, My Life As a Boy is a classic romance--a memoir of Kim Chernin's star-crossed love affair with the bewitching Hadamar, which began as a friendship in Berkeley in the late 1970s, when both women were on the verge of leaving their husbands and changing their lives. For Hadamar, who had "never made an unconventional decision in her whole life," the erotic subtext of their romantic dinners out and talks until dawn was satisfaction enough. But Chernin was developing a new boyish persona that needed to push forward, to pursue, to possess. Even her looks began to change, and she found a slender, assertive self emerging, ready to scale the garden wall and climb a ladder into her beloved's window. Hadamar's eventual betrayal of Chernin comes as no surprise to the reader, nor does Chernin's admission that Hadamar was not the love of her life. After her first despairing days alone, Chernin begins to sense "in the inexorable thrust" of her own development "the promise of power, liberation, license, opportunity"--the stirrings of her new response to women, and the potential it holds. A strange, dreamy memoir that reads like a novella of fated love. --Regina Marler
A memoir follows a woman trying to figure out what love is, struggling to understand what happens between desire and the determination to possess the object of that desire, and discovering what it is like to chase after what you want.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
The book actually is somewhat mis-titled, as the story has more to do with the main character's obsession with a neighborhood acquaintance who becomes a close friend, named Hadamar.
When the book begins, the main character, Kim Chernin,( it is told in the first person), is a young married woman in her thirties.
She seems to have a rather nice husband named Max, and a daughter who has gone off to college.
For reasons that remain rather vague, Kim decides to suddenly become a boy.
Oddly enough she never identifies herself as being butch.
Her hoped for seduction of Hadamar never is realized
Kim and Hadamar at times speak in vague, odd ways that makes the reader wonder if they aren't victims of some kind of mental disorder.
The situation between Kim and Hadamar never really comes to anything.
However, the book does offer a somewhat unusual and unexpected twist when Kim returns from a women's gathering and discovers what Hadamar has been up to during her absence.
This alone made the book worth reading.
As a lesbian who reads numerous lesbian works of fiction, I found I could relate to some of Kim's feelings, and have experienced knowing a woman similiar to Hadamar.
However, the book is written in an odd, disconnected with reality kind of way.